Bowman, Truex to drive for BK Racing
January 20, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Alex Bowman and Ryan Truex will be moving up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the 2014 season with BK Racing, the team announced on Monday. The two drivers will compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2014.
Both drivers confirmed the news earlier in the day on Twitter.
"Alex and Ryan have always impressed me," team owner Ron Devine said in a release from the team. "Both take care of their cars and have shown speed at every level they have competed in. With their abilities, we feel they can both excel in our equipment. As a team we are very excited, and their abilities to work with everyone here at BK Racing will be important."
Bowman will drive the No. 23 Toyota, while Truex will drive the No. 83 Toyota. The No. 23 car has been renumbered from what was the No. 93 car as BK Racing wanted to better align itself with long-time partner Dr. Pepper. The number 23 is synonymous with the regular Dr. Pepper’s original 23 flavors.
The No. 93 car will be part of the team in a part-time capacity.
Dave Winston will serve as Bowman’s crew chief while Dale Ferguson will serve as Truex’s crew chief.
Bowman, 20, has not yet run a Sprint Cup Series race in his career. Last season, he ran 32 races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series posting two top-five finishes, six top-10 finishes and finished 11th in the final standings.
"This is an extremely good opportunity for me," Bowman said in the team's release. "Ron (Devine) and I first started talking about the possibilities months ago. I'm happy to be a part of this organization."
Truex, 21, is a two-time champion in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He made his Sprint Cup debut last season in the August night race at Bristol and in total, ran three races in NASCAR’s premier series. Truex is also the younger brother of Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr.
"Driving in the Sprint Cup Series has been a goal since I started racing, and to start this next chapter with BK Racing makes it extra special," Truex said in the release from the team. "I am very excited for this opportunity."
BK Racing also has finalized an agreement with Borla Exhaust to serve as a primary sponsor for the season-opening Daytona 500, according to the release.
Last season, David Reutimann drove the No. 83 car while Travis Kvapil drove the No. 93 car for the team. Earlier this month, Reutimann and BK Racing mutually agreed to part ways. There has been no word on Kvapil's status with the team. Kvapil finished 31st and Reutimann finished 33rd in the 2013 Sprint Cup Series points standings.